The jockey title at Saratoga Race Course, one of the most coveted in the sport of horse racing, will be named in honor of Hall of Famer Angel Cordero, Jr., himself a 14-time leading rider at the Spa, The Saratogan reports.
Cordero, known as the “King of Saratoga,” won his first riding title at the Spa in 1967, riding 36 winners at the age of 25.
During a career that spanned four decades, Cordero won nearly every major race at Saratoga.
Inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in 1988, Cordero won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 1982 and 1983.
Cordero, who was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico on May 8, 1942, retired in 1992 with 7,057 career victories. He currently serves as the agent for John Velazquez, who was Saratoga’s top rider in 2010 with 57 winners.
For the original report go to http://saratogian.com/articles/2011/07/30/sports/doc4e34c2920ee08087616291.txt